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  • Charter Boat Operations
  • Outdoor Dining at Restaurants
  • Launch Ramp
  • Johnson Pier
  • Dockside Fish Sales
  • Fishing Pier
  • Public Restrooms
  • All Public Parking


  • Picnic Areas (including barbecues and picnic tables)

MANDATORY At All Times while on District property: 

  • Social Distance (6 ft. apart from non-household members at all times)
  • Wear Face Covering
  • Observe All Posted Signage and Markers
  • Oberve New Regulations and Access Rules Pertaining to all Facilities, including launch ramps and Johnson Pier

New Launch Ramp Rules:

  • Only one vessel allowed to launch at a time.
  • One Vehicle on Ramp at a Time
  • One Vessel Launching at a Time
  • Remain in Your Vehicle While Waiting to Launch
  • All people in vessels waiting at dock must be onboard vessel
  • Maintain Social Distancing at All Times (including while waiting to pay and/or launch)

Please note that annual launch ramp passes will be extended by the number of months the ramps were closed.

Johnson Pier Access:

  • Johnson Pier access is allowed for the buying of fish from those vessels selling fish
  • Face covering/masks must always be worn while on pier or purchasing fish
  • Maintain Social Distance of at least 6 feet while on the pier
  • Only one person at a time is to move up or down the gangway to the dock
  • Once fish has been purchased please exit the pier to allow for others who may be waiting

Our Commitment to You:

  • Staff professionalism and conscientiousness
  • Signage throughout the facility to help guide your actions
  • Staff disinfecting of pay station surfaces
  • Clear markings on fishing pier to help guide social distancing
  • Staff monitoring of facilities and services, especially during busier times

Please note that annual launch ramp passes will be extended by the number of months the ramps were closed.

Pillar Point Harbor (650) 726-4382

Oyster Point Marina (650) 952-0808

Administration (650) 583-4400

Any additional access changes to facilities will be noticed here. Please contact your Harbormaster at the above number with any questions or concerns. 


Hours, Contacts and Directions


Harbor Patrol (650) 726-4382

Weather (650) 726-6070

Administration (650) 583-4400 


HARBOR OFFICE HOURS:  7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  M-F

ADDRESS:    One Johnson Pier, Half Moon Bay, CA  94019                                                        

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Pillar Point Harbor                                                                     Photo Credit: Glenn Mitchell 

About Pillar Point Harbor

Pillar Point Harbor is a protected harbor of refuge along the San Mateo County California Coast. Pillar Point Harbor is home port to a vital commercial fishing industry, to sport fishermen, and to pleasure boaters seeking the amenities this modern coastal harbor facility provides. The Harbor has 369 berths and an inner and outer breakwater, making it one of the safest harbors in the United States.

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The San Mateo County Harbor District, runs Pillar Point Harbor in Princeton and Oyster Point Marina/Park in South San Francisco, was created by a County election in 1933. It was originally formed to build a harbor at Redwood City, but the Great Depression intervened.

Coastsiders then pushed to get a breakwater built at Pillar Point for a harbor of refuge for the fishing fleet. The Army Corps of Engineers began work on this breakwater after World War II and finally completed it in 1961. The Johnson Pier, docks and 369 berths, and the inner breakwater were built during the 1970's and 1980's. Pillar Point remains a major commercial and sport fishing harbor, and is host to many public events including the annual Mavericks surfing competition, and the Christmas boat decorating contest.

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Flowers at the Pillar Point Harbor Master's Office 


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